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• Publication Date: 05/22/2017
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 82:23312-23314
• Standard Number: 1910.66
• Title: Standard on Powered Platforms for Building Maintenance; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements


  [Federal Register Volume 82, Number 97 (Monday, May 22, 2017)]
  [Notices]
  [Pages 23312-23314]
  From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
  [FR Doc No: 2017-10398]


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  DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

  Occupational Safety and Health Administration

  [Docket No. OSHA-2010-0048]


  Standard on Powered Platforms for Building Maintenance; Extension
  of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information
  Collection (Paperwork) Requirements

  AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

  ACTION: Request for public comments.

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  SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to
  extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements
  specified in its Standard on Powered Platforms for Building
  Maintenance.

  DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
  July 21, 2017.

  ADDRESSES:
      Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments
  electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal
  eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting
  comments.
      Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer
  than 10 pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-
  1648.
      Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service:
  When using this method, you must submit a copy of your comments and
  attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2010-0048,
  Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of
  Labor, Room N-3653, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210.
  Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, and courier service) are
  accepted during the Department of Labor's and Docket Office's normal
  business hours, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., e.t.
      Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and OSHA
  docket number for the Information Collection Request (ICR) (OSHA-2010-
  0048). All comments, including any personal information you provide,
  are placed in the public docket without change, and may be made
  available online at http://www.regulations.gov. For further information
  on submitting comments see the "Public Participation" heading in the
  section of this notice titled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
      Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the
  docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at
  the address above. All documents in the docket (including this Federal
  Register notice) are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index;
  however, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly
  available to read or download through the Web site. All submissions,
  including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and
  copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also contact Theda Kenney at
  the address below to obtain a copy of the ICR.

  FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theda Kenney or Todd Owen, Directorate
  of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3609,
  200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-
  2222.

  SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

  I. Background

      The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce
  paperwork and respondent (i.e., employer) burden, conducts a
  preclearance consultation program to provide the public with an
  opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing information
  collection requirements in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act
  of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program ensures that
  information is in the desired format, reporting burden (time and costs)
  is minimal, collection instruments are clearly understood, and OSHA's
  estimate of the information collection burden is accurate. The
  Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 651
  et seq.) authorizes information collection by employers as necessary or
  appropriate for enforcement of the OSH Act or for developing
  information regarding the causes and prevention of occupational
  injuries, illnesses, and accidents (29 U.S.C. 657). The OSH Act also
  requires that OSHA obtain such information with minimum burden upon
  employers, especially those operating small businesses, and to reduce
  to the maximum extent feasible unnecessary duplication of efforts in
  obtaining information (29 U.S.C. 657).
      Paragraph (e)(9) of the Standard requires that employers develop
  and implement a written emergency action plan for each type of powered
  platform operation. The plan must explain the emergency procedures that
  workers are to follow if they encounter a disruption of the power
  supply, equipment failure, or other emergency. Prior to operating a
  powered platform, employers must train workers on the importance of
  alarm systems and emergency escape routes, and emergency procedures
  that pertain to the building on which they will be working. Employers
  should review with each worker those parts of the emergency action plan
  that the worker must know to ensure their protection during an
  emergency; these reviews must occur when the worker receives an initial
  assignment involving a powered platform operation and after the
  employer revises the emergency action plan.
      According to paragraph (f)(5)(i)(C), employers must affix a load
  rating plate in a prominent location on each suspended unit. The load
  rating plate should state the unit's weight and its rated load
  capacity. Paragraph (f)(5)(ii)(N) requires employers to mount each
  emergency electric operating device in a secured compartment and label
  the device with instructions for its use. After installing a suspension
  wire rope, paragraphs (f)(7)(vi) and (f)(7)(vii) mandate that employers
  attach a corrosion-resistant tag with specified information to one of
  the wire rope fastenings if the rope is to remain at one location. In
  addition, paragraph (f)(7)(viii) requires employers who resocket a wire
  rope to either stamp specified information on the original tag or put
  that information on a supplemental tag and attach it to the fastening.
      Paragraphs (g)(2)(i) and (g)(2)(ii) require that building owners
  have a competent person annually: Inspect the supporting structures of
  their buildings; inspect and, if necessary, test the components of the
  powered platforms, including control systems; inspect/test

  components subject to wear (e.g., wire ropes, bearings, gears, and
  governors); and certify these inspections and tests. Under paragraph
  (g)(2)(iii), building owners must maintain and, on request, provide to
  OSHA a written certification record of these inspections/tests. This
  record must include the date of the inspection/test, the signature of
  the competent person who performed it, and the number/identifier of the
  building support structure and equipment inspected/tested.
      Paragraph (g)(3)(i) mandates that building owners use a competent
  person to inspect and, if necessary, test each powered platform
  facility according to the manufacturer's recommendations every 30 days,
  or prior to use if the work cycle is less than 30 days. Under paragraph
  (g)(3)(ii), building owners must maintain and, on request, provide to
  the Agency a written certification record of these inspections/tests.
  This record must include the date of the inspection/test, the signature
  of the competent person who performed it, and the number/identifier of
  the powered platform facility inspected/tested.
      According to paragraph (g)(5)(iii), building owners must use a
  competent person to thoroughly inspect suspension wire ropes for a
  number of specified conditions once a month. Additionally, wire ropes
  that have been inactive for 30 days or longer, must be inspected before
  placing them into service. Paragraph (g)(5)(v) requires building owners
  to maintain and, on request, provide to OSHA a written certification
  record of these monthly inspections. This record must consist of the
  date of the inspection, the signature of the competent person who
  performed it, and the number/identifier of the wire rope inspected.
      Upon completion of this training, paragraph (i)(1)(v) specifies
  that employers must prepare a written certification that includes the
  identity of the worker trained, the signature of the employer or the
  trainer, and the date the worker completed the training. In addition,
  the employer must maintain each worker's training certificate for the
  duration of their employment and, on request, make it available to
  OSHA.
      Emergency action plans allow employers and workers to anticipate,
  and effectively respond to, emergencies that may arise during powered
  platform operations. Affixing load rating plates to suspended units,
  instructions to emergency electric operating devices, and tags to wire
  rope fasteners can prevent workplace incidents by providing information
  to employers and workers regarding the conditions under which they can
  safely operate these systems. Requiring building owners to establish
  and maintain written certification of inspections and testing provides
  employers and workers with assurance that the building structure and
  equipment are in good condition.
      The training requirements allow workers to develop the skills and
  knowledge necessary to effectively operate, use, and inspect powered
  platforms, recognize and prevent safety hazards associated with
  platform operation, respond appropriately under emergency conditions,
  and maintain and use their fall protection arrest system. In addition,
  the paperwork requirements specified by the Standard provide the most
  efficient means for an OSHA compliance officer to determine whether or
  not employers and building owners are providing the required
  notification and certification.

  II. Special Issues for Comment

      OSHA has a particular interest in comments on the following issues:
       Whether the proposed information collection requirements
  are necessary for the proper performance of the Agency's functions,
  including whether the information is useful;
       The accuracy of OSHA's estimate of the burden (time and
  costs) of the information collection requirements, including the
  validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
       The quality, utility, and clarity of the information
  collected; and
       Ways to minimize the burden on employers who must comply;
  for example, by using automated or other technological information
  collection and transmission techniques.

  III. Proposed Actions

      OSHA is requesting that OMB extend its approval of the information
  collection requirements contained in the Standard on Powered Platforms
  for Building Maintenance (29 CFR 1910.66). The Agency is requesting a
  decrease in its current burden hours from 130,764 hours to 130,763
  hours, a difference of one hour. The Agency will summarize the comments
  submitted in response to this notice and will include this summary in
  the request to OMB.
      Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
      Title: Standard on Powered Platforms for Building Maintenance (29
  CFR 1910.66).
      OMB Control Number: 1218-0121.
      Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.
      Number of Respondents: 900.
      Frequency: On occasion; Initially, Monthly, Annually.
      Average Time per Response: Various.
      Total Burden Hours Requested: 130,763.
      Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $0.

  IV. Public Participation--Submission of Comments on This Notice and
  Internet Access to Comments and Submissions

      You may submit comments in response to this document as follows:
  (1) Electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal
  eRulemaking Portal; (2) by facsimile (FAX); or (3) by hard copy. All
  comments, attachments, and other material must identify the Agency name
  and the OSHA docket number for the ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2010-0048). You
  may supplement submissions by uploading document electronically. If you
  wish to mail additional materials in reference to an electronic or
  facsimile submission, you must submit them to the OSHA Docket Office
  (see the section of this notice titled ADDRESSES). The additional
  materials must clearly identify your electronic comments by your name,
  date, and the docket number so the Agency can attach them to your
  comments.
      Because of security procedures, the use of regular mail may cause a
  significant delay in the receipt of comments. For information about
  security procedures concerning the delivery of materials by hand,
  express delivery, messenger, or courier service, please contact the
  OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350, (TTY (877) 889-5627). Comments
  and submissions are posted without change at http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions commenters about
  submitting personal information such as social security numbers and
  dates of birth. Although all submissions are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index, some information (e.g., copyrighted
  material) is not publicly available to read or download from this Web
  site. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available
  for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office. Information on
  using the http://www.regulations.gov Web site to submit comments and
  access the docket is available at the Web site's "User Tips" link.
  Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about materials not
  available from the Web site, and for assistance in using the Internet
  to locate docket submissions.

  V. Authority and Signature

      Dorothy Dougherty, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for
  Occupational Safety and Health, directed the preparation of this
  notice. The authority

  for this notice is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506
  et seq.) and Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-2012 (77 FR 3912).

      Signed at Washington, DC, on May 8, 2017.
  Dorothy Dougherty,
  Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
  [FR Doc. 2017-10398 Filed 5-19-17; 8:45 am]
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